By our baptism we are all called to participate in the mission of Christ on earth … won’t you join us?

Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Ringing of the Bells
Holy Thursday & Easter Vigil

Continuing our tradition at St. Peter’s, all parishioners attending Mass on Holy Thursday evening, April 2, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 4, are invited to bring bells and ring them during the Gloria. This has always been a wonderful addition to the music sung by our choirs, so please participate — bring and ring your bells during these Masses.


St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

All who wish to participate are invited to join us on Saturday, April 11. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


St. Peter’s Green Team New
Bridge Landing Clean-Up Day

Be an Earth Day Volunteer! Saturday, April 25
8:00-11:00 AM

The Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission will be hosting its first “Spring Cleaning” event in conjunction with Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 from 8 am to 11 am. (Weather permitting.)  St. Peter’s Green Team is inviting ALL parish families to join in the fun and this great opportunity for a great lesson in civic service.

The work will occur outdoors so bring gloves, clippers, garden tools and boots.  Volunteers will be tackling the removal of non-native plants, vines, maintaining trails and the removal of litter.  ALL are welcome to attend this exciting day of service.  Please meet in front of the Steuben House at New Bridge Park at 8 am to receive your assignment for the morning.  We promise an interesting day of environmental service!

For further details, contact Patty Almberg: or Larry Bauer, Teaneck Representative to the New Bridge Landing Park Commission:

Click here to sign up online to volunteer:



Men’s Cornerstone
March 27 & 28, 2015

Click below to view the Women’s and Men’s Cornerstone current list of candidates and team members.





Men’s Cornerstone Closing Mass
Saturday, March 28
7:30 PM


Sharing God’s Blessings
Annual Appeal

Thousands of people in the four counties served by the Archdiocese of Newark are assisted each year through various programs and ministries funded by the Appeal, including Parishes, Catholic Education, Seminarian Education & Formation, Priest Retirement and Health Care Costs, Catholic Charities, Campus Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Our parish also benefits by receiving a rebate from the appeal if it exceeds its goal.

See firsthand the impact that YOUR gift makes and submit your pledge online! Click here:  Annual Appeal

Parish Goal:  $91,970
Progress: $10,640 (12% of Goal)
Participation: 2% (40 of 1900 parish families)



Adult Volunteers Needed
for Youth Group Retreat

ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  The Saint Peter’s Youth Ministry program is looking for adult volunteers for their overnight Journey Retreat for high school students.  Adults need to be 21 years of age or older and certified under Protecting God’s Children.  The retreat will be on April 18-19th and held at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny, NJ.  We are looking for people to help with check-in Saturday morning at Saint Peter’s as well as chaperones and night watch at the retreat center.   If you are able to volunteer your time for any of these roles please contact Elizabeth and Nick Belfiore at


Mission Trip
July 19-25, 2015

Mission Trip
July 19 – 25, 2015

Download Application Form (Word file)

Reflection Question Deadline: April 1

Mission Info Flyer


Respect Life Committee
40 Days for Life Information

40 Days For Life

40 Days For Life is a community based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, and standing in a constant vigil outside the places where abortions are performed.

Join the hundreds of thousands of people in over 400 cities across America participating in 40 Days for Life this Lent.

Please consider giving one hour a week from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18th)  to Palm Sunday (March 29th) to stand in a peaceful, prayer vigil across from an abortion facility.  In Hackensack at The Women’s Choice, 10 Zabriskie St., join pro-life prayers on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00am to 2:00pm during Lent.

For more information or to sign up,  contact:
Linda at 551-265-8121 or
Margaret at 201-805-0937 or
Mary at 201-723-5356 or

Your presence will definitely make a difference and maybe save a baby’s life!

Click here for informational flyer


2015 Anniversary

2015 Anniversary Liturgies

Masses honoring those couples in our Archdiocese who will be celebrating five, twenty-five and fifty years of Christian marriage in the year 2015 will be celebrated by Archbishop John J. Myers in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as follows:

50 Years
April 19, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Registration Deadline: April 8

25 and 5 Years
May 3, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Registration Deadline: April 22

Please call the rectory @ 201-261-3366 to register.


Chrism Mass at the Cathedral
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Chrism Mass Monday, March 30 Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
8:00 PM

Each year, the sacramental oils that will be used during the new  liturgical year are blessed during the Chrism Mass at the Sacred  heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark. These oils are then distributed to each parish for their use. The Oil of Catechumens is used to  anoint individuals who are being initiated into the church at the Easter Vigil, the Chrism Oil is used for anointing in the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, and the Oil of the Sick is used for the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

This year the Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 30th. Please call the rectory (201-261-3366) if you would like to join a carpool. We will leave the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. and return at approximately 10:15 p.m.


Needed: Used or Newly
Purchased Bibles

The Gratia Plena Evangelical Community, a Catholic Community in residence at St. Antoninus Church in Newark, is looking for donations of used or newly purchased bibles for their outreach program that distributes bibles to the homeless, door-to-door, nursing homes and train stations spreading the Word of God. Drop off in the bin in the St. Peter’s Gathering Space through the end of March. Please consider donating.


New/Used Communion
Clothing Collection

The Archdiocese of Newark, Office of Development and Stewardship will be collecting gently used, in good condition, communion dresses/veils, suits and shoes for our inner city parishes and the Religious Sisters at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart who know families in need.

All items can be dropped off through the end of March to either the Faith Formation Office or the Rectory. Thank you for your generosity!



Youth Group Journey 2015
April 18-19

Are you a high school student looking for meaning?  Striving to figure out who you are, where you fit in, and what your purpose here is?  Join St. Peter the Apostle’s Youth Ministry Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 19th for JOURNEY 2015!!  Journey is a chance to step back from the craziness of life, find meaning, find faith, and find yourself on your JOURNEY with God.

This ALL-NEW retreat experience for high-school students was developed specifically for the teens of St. Peter’s church and community.  Hear witness talks from your peers on how their faith impacted them, changed them, and helped them along their JOURNEY.  Use this weekend to start your own JOURNEY with God, or continue the JOURNEY you’ve already started.  Walk away feeling refreshed, renewed, and re-energized.

All are invited to Closing Mass at 12:30pm on April 18th at St. Peter’s.

Registration forms and payment are due by April 1st, 2015.



Catholic Relief Services /
Fair Trade Sale

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be held the weekend of April 11 / 12 after all Masses in the Slipe Center.


Operation Rice Bowl
Through April 2nd

Catholic Relief Services
Operation Rice Bowl

40 Years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa.  Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving?  The answer was yes – and it came in the form of a small cardboard box.  40 years later, it still does.

“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.”  Pope Francis

Please make sure to pick up a Rice Bowl.  Rice Bowls can be found in the gathering space.

We ask that you turn in your Rice Bowl with your financial sacrifice during Holy Week or on Holy Thursday, April 2nd, at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Thank you!


Join St. Peter’s on an
Exciting Summer Trip

Baltimore & Annapolis, Maryland
July 10-12, 2015
Includes tours of the Naval Academy, Historic Baltimore and Harborplace, Annapolis and the Naval Academy,  Ft. McHenry and harbor cruise.
Motorcoach transportation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners including Philips Restaurant.
$390 per person (double occupancy)

Price includes all taxes and tips. For more information contact Bob Setzer 201-712-9272 or Mary Sabino 201-906-8675.


Pilgrim Statue
of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through June 28, 2015.


Outside St. Peter's

Bergen Catholic Coffee House Cabaret

Bergen Catholic Coffee House Cabaret Friday, March 27 – 7:30 PM – Library

We would love to have you join us for an evening of Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and Contemporary Music presented by members of the Performing Arts Department. The boys will be offering solos, duets, trios, both instrumental and vocal and the Jazz Band and Men`s Ensemble will close out the evening with a few selections. Dessert & refreshments will be served.

River Edge Lions Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 29
8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

The RE Lions Club has scheduled their Pancake Breakfast this year at St. Peter the Apostle’s Gym on Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 8:30 AM – 12 Noon. They are serving pancakes/sausage, coffee/tea, and orange juice. Donation is $5.00, and children under the age of six are free. The River Edge Lions Club helps the visually handicapped and supports many local community groups, such as Project Graduation, RD Scholarship, Boy/Girl Scout Groups, Police/Fire Depts, to name a few. Anyone interested in more information about the Lions Club or wishing to join should contact Peter Dunsay at 973-271-2710.

Music & Prayer with Dan Schutte

An Evening of Music, Prayer
and Reflection featuring
Composer Dan Schutte
Palm Sunday
March 29 – 7:00 PM

St. Therese of Lisieux Church
Cresskill, NJ

Click here for informational flyer

The Masters of Celtic Harp

On April 13 at 7 p.m., Immaculate Heart Academy will welcome world-renowned harpists, Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, for a special concert. Hambly and Jackson, a married couple also known as “The Masters of Celtic Harp,” are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland.

At IHA, Hambly and Jackson will play two 45-minute sets and refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and click on “Special Events” or call the main office at 201-445-6800. Immaculate Heart Academy is located at 500 Van Emburgh Ave., Township of Washington, NJ 07676.



Sponsored by
Book and Needle Woman’s Club of Oradell
Friday, March 27, 2015 – 7:00-10:00 PM
Upstairs Meeting Room
Oradell Borough Hall
355 Kinderkamack Road
Donation $15.00
Proceeds to benefit
Community Service Projects
Advanced registration required.
Contact Susan Chambers @ or 201-265-6282 for information.


New Hope Gala Dinner Dance

New Hope Pregnancy Resource Center
Gala Dinner Dance

“30 Years of Changing Lives,” Wed. April 29, 6:30-10:30 PM, at Seasons, 446 Pascack Rd., Wash. Twp., $75.00 per person: Cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, entertainment, silent auction (amazing trips) and Tricky Tray. For tickets, please contact: Kathy Turlick at (201)-573-8697


Adult SEARCH Retreat

A weekend retreat for adults is taking place April 24th, 25th, and 26th, at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, Stony Point, NY. This is also the site of one of the largest shrines in the country dedicated to Mary. The cost of the weekend is $200/person for a single room and $180/person for a double, which includes all meals.

The retreat gives you the opportunity for prayer and private reflection as well as small group sharing. If you have never been on a retreat or perhaps you’re simply looking to renew your faith, the SEARCH retreat weekend is perfect for you. For more information and an application, you can contact Carl Fazio at 202-803-3329

Lent / Easter 2015

Lent Schedule & Opportunities

2015 Lenten Regulations

Daily Mass
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Stations of the Cross
Every Friday – 7:30 PM

Every Saturday in the Church
11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Lenten Communal
Reconciliation Service
Monday, March 23 – 7:30 PM
at St. Joseph Church, Oradell

Men’s Cornerstone
March 27 & 28

40 Days for Life
Through March 29

CRS Operation Rice Bowl
Through April 2

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday – March 29
Blessing of Palms at all Masses
Saturday – 5:30 PM
8:00 AM,  9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Week: Monday - Wednesday

Chrism Mass
Monday, March 30

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – 8:00 PM

March 30, 31, April 1
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Masses 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM

April 1 – Wednesday
Stations of the Cross for Children
3:30 PM

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday – April 2
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Midday Prayer – 11:30 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM
Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday

Good Friday – April 3
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross And Holy Communion at 3:00 PM
Living Stations of the Cross – 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday – April 4
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection
8:00 PM

Easter Sunday / Monday

Easter Sunday Masses – April 5
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Monday – April  6
One Mass Only – 9:00 AM

Holy Week Rectory Schedule

Parish Office:
Closed Holy Thursday, April 2
Closed Good Friday, April 3
Open Holy Saturday, April 4
Closed Easter Sunday, April 5
Closed Monday, April 6

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A Prayer for the Family
Music by Vincent McHale
Arranged by Jim Gregory
Performed by St. Peter’s Adult & Children’s Choirs

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Volunteer To Help with Variety of Events

In addition to needing volunteers to help with our Mother’s Day Plant Sale on May 10th, we are always looking for volunteers to assist around the community. We need help with recreation, gardening, painting and cooking. Not only do these efforts help to keep our community affordable and beautiful but our residents delight in seeing students and adults from the community helping around their home. For volunteer opportunities call Ann Marie at 201-225-0707.

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, March 29th

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